A 60-year-old gang leader has been charged with ‘ordering’ the 1996 shooting of Tupac Shakur – after bragging for years about his involvement in the murder.
Duane ‘Keefe D’ Davis was taken into custody on Friday morning by Las Vegas detectives, and has been charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon.
A Nevada grand jury indicted Davis in the killing after being seated for ‘several months’. Davis was arrested while on a walk near his home.
Tupac died, aged 25, on 13 September 1996, a week after he was shot four times in his car while waiting at a red light.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo described Davis as the ‘on-ground, on-site commander’ who ‘ordered the death’ of Shakur. Davis was denied bail by Clark County District Judge Jerry Wiese.
He has spoken openly about being at the scene of the drive-by shooting 27 years ago, and admitted handing the murder weapon to a fellow gang member.
The development comes after Las Vegas police in July searched an alleged gang member’s home for evidence over Shakur’s death.
The death of the rapper, one of the most acclaimed in hip-hop, has inspired several documentaries.
Shakur, whose stage name was stylised as 2Pac, released his debut album in 1991.
He sold more than 75 million records worldwide, enjoying chart success with hits including California Love, All Eyez On Me and Changes.
In June this year the rapper received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.